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Swamp Water (1941)

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A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

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Tom Keefer
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Thursday Ragan
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Julie
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Ben
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Mabel MacKenzie
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Jesse Wick
Mary Howard ...
Hannah
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Sheriff Jeb McKane
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Tim Dorson
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Bud Dorson (as Guinn Williams)
Russell Simpson ...
Marty McCord
Joe Sawyer ...
Hardy Ragan (as Joseph Sawyer)
Paul E. Burns ...
Tulle McKenzie (as Paul Burns)
Dave Morris ...
Barber
Frank Austin ...
Fred Ulm
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A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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24 July 1942 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

L'étang tragique  »

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$601,900 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Original cinematographer Lucien Ballard was fired and replaced by J. Peverell Marley. See more »

Quotes

Tom Keefer: It's like being dead all these years, and now you're - you're a tellin' me to come back to life again.
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29 May 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I can remember seeing this movie as a kid and getting the bejesus scared out of me. The darkness and uncertainty of the swamp terrified my young imagination and the image of the skull atop a cross touched all my Roman Catholic primal fears. My impression of the swamp, i.e., crocs, gaters and snakes, topped with a dark image of the fugitive played by Walter Brennan, lasted for years. Now, I do recall there being a video (although none is listed here), because I did see it again a few years back. The shock of the darkness of the film was dulled by over 50 years of life but the Gothic quality of the story along with the fine characterization of Renoir makes this film a classic. Walter Huston is great in his curmudgeon role as the young Dana Andrews's father married to a younger woman who's getting moves laid on by ever villainous John Carridine. The presence of great character actors Guinn"Big Boy" Williams, Ward Bond and gravel-voiced Eugene Palette adds much to the texture of the film. Too, the young Anne Baxter is superb as the daughter of Brennan and the female interest of Dana Andrews. The story line seems a bit tame, by today's standards but holds up well. All in all, this is a satisfying film well done and provocative. Check it out.


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